John Rutter: Prayer of St. Patrick
Cambridge Singers; John Rutter

Irish Blessing: arr. Gavin David Lee
Trondhjems Studentersangforening; Gavin David Lee, Conductor

There are a few versions of the Irish blessing. I am sharing this first, but may share another in a while.

J. E. Moore: An Irish Blessing
Mixed Choir Juventus: Valdis Tomsons Director

Recently an article about hearing damage has been going around. We musicians struggle with loud sounds a lot. Many of us have experienced hearing loss.

I just landed on a work by Jake Runestad that deals with Beethoven’s hearing loss. It’s quite moving. The poem, based on a letter from Beethoven, is by Todd Boss and I’m pasting it exactly as he wants it to be formatted below.

What a moving work. You can read so much more about it’s creation here.

The recording level is rather low so you might need to turn your sound up.

This brings back memories of playing the entire Lord of the Rings trilogy as the movies played. That was, as it turns out, a once in a lifetime experience for me, and it was one that I will never forget. (There are so many of those “once in a lifetime” events and I only now am realizing what that means. Sometime I’ll have to make a list of them, I suppose.)

May It Be
Songwriters: Howard Leslie Shore / Nicky Ryan / Roma Shane Ryan / Ethne Patricia Brennan
Voces8

06. January 2019 · Comments Off on A Bit of Lovely · Categories: Listen, vocal

… by a composer new to me. Have any of you heard of Muriel Herbert?

The Lost Nightingale
Dame Sarah Connolly and Joseph Middleton

The Lost Nightingale

Alcuin of York , translated by Helen Jane Waddell

Whoever stole you from that bush of broom,
I think he envied me my happiness,
O little nightingale, for many a time
You lightened my sad heart from its distress,
And flooded my whole soul with melody,
And I would have the other birds all come,
And sing along with me thy threnody.
So brown and dim that little body was,
But none could scorn thy singing. In that throat,
That tiny throat, what depth of harmony,
And all night long, ringing that changing note,
What marvel if the cherubim in heaven
Continually do praise Him, when to thee,
O small and happy, such a grace was given?

from Medieval Latin Lyrics (1929)

24. June 2018 · Comments Off on And one more … · Categories: ACappellaAnyday™, vocal · Tags: ,

… totally different, and something I posted in the past, I’m sure. But I need this today. I heartily recommend turning the sound up. (After the singing is over, though, there is talking and unless you understand German you might decide to hit stop.)

Anton Bruckner: Os Justi Meditabitur Sapientiam
Bavarian Radio Chorus

The mouth of the righteous utters wisdom, and his tongue speaks what is just.
The law of his God is in his heart: and his feet do not falter.
Alleluia

24. June 2018 · Comments Off on An Extra For This Sunday Morning · Categories: Listen, vocal · Tags: , ,

… because I just ran across this. What a talented man, and what a lovely work.

Mary Ellen Haupert: Illumina le tenebrae
Matthew Curtis, singer

Most High, glorious God, enlighten the darkness of my heart and give me true faith, certain hope and perfect charity, sense and knowledge, Lord, that I may carry out your holy and true command. Amen.

22. June 2018 · Comments Off on For The Clarinetists Out There · Categories: Listen, vocal · Tags: , , ,

(Side note: Those on Facebook and Google+ will see this because both this and my photo site are set to automatically share posts on those. I’m finding social media was bashing my heart just a wee bit too much, and I needed a break.)

So no oboe on this one, but I thought it was quite beautiful, and wanted to share it to bring it to clarinetists’ attention. I wish one could see the performers doing what they do, but the group only shared the image of their recording.

Anthony Maglione: O Thou Great Power in Whom I Move
East Carolina University Chamber Singers; Daniel Bara, Conductor; Christopher Grymes, Clarinet

Provided to YouTube by NAXOS of America

21. June 2018 · Comments Off on Goodnight · Categories: vocal

Goodnight Dear Heart, by Dan Forrest

Bel Canto Company – ‘There is Sweet Music Here’
Welborn E. Young, Artistic Director and Conductor
Christy Wisuthseriwong, Accompanist

April 16, 2018
First Presbyterian Church, Greensboro, NC

Bel Canto Company – www.belcantocompany.com
Video by Mark Manring – www.manring.net